Queers of Color Shut Down the Castro
by D. Boyer of Independent Media Center
Queers of Color and other protesters shut down the Castro neighborhood's night life, in support of, and in solidarity with, the 96 hours of protest taking place in the SF Bay Area on MLK birthday weekend. Approximately 300 people shut down Castro street on Saturday January 17th. Activists chose the Castro "because it is a space dominated by White middle-class men, and is symbolic of the racial divide within the LGBT community and gentrification in San Francisco in general." Activists also wanted to draw attention to the fact that the Castro supports LGBT related organizations that are generally "apathetic" towards Black and Brown people. The Human Rights Campaign, Equality CA, and Horizons Foundation were specifically mentioned and told they need to do more.